A wisp of an incident overloaded with factual matter--too much factual matter for the young, picture-story format in any case. What happens, in brief and in sum, is that a wounded mountain lion lies down in the doorway of a Papago Indian hut; and when its sleeping occupants, Big Wing and her mother, are awakened by a thunderclap and see the lion, they take refuge on the mountain side--thus escaping the flood-to-come, and saving their lives. Also interwoven with the Lion's movements (in much greater detail than the Indian bit) are the activities of a coyote, a roadrunner, a group of peccaries, a tarantula and a headstand beetle, a tortoise, a kangaroo rat, and others--constantly breaking the thin narrative thread. (There is also a separate description of each of the deserts "marked by distinctive plants that make up the great North American Desert, which extends from central Mexico to almost the Canadian border"--totally extraneous information for the purposes of the book.) Among other superior entries along these lines is George's own Moon of the Wild Pigs (1968).